|Número de publicación||US8787934 B2|
|Tipo de publicación||Concesión|
|Número de solicitud||US 13/889,179|
|Fecha de publicación||22 Jul 2014|
|Fecha de presentación||7 May 2013|
|Fecha de prioridad||22 Ene 2009|
|También publicado como||CN101790002A, CN101790002B, CN103973890A, CN103973890B, US8311556, US8437777, US9177015, US20100184451, US20120302255, US20130331129, US20140317136, US20160041962|
|Número de publicación||13889179, 889179, US 8787934 B2, US 8787934B2, US-B2-8787934, US8787934 B2, US8787934B2|
|Inventores||John C. Wang, Shu-Fang Hsu, Chih-Wei Cheng|
|Cesionario original||Htc Corporation|
|Exportar cita||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Citas de patentes (30), Otras citas (2), Citada por (4), Clasificaciones (15)|
|Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet|
The present application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/560,854, entitled “Method and System of Managing Images and Geographic Location Data in a Mobile Device” and filed on Jul. 27, 2012, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/358,192, entitled “Method and System of Managing Images and Geographic Location Data in a Mobile Device” and filed on Jan. 22, 2009, each of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
As mobile technology improves, mobile devices have become smaller and more powerful. The wireless networks they connect to have improved, as well. These improvements mean that mobile devices can now connect to networks for many functions beyond simple voice calling. For example, they can be used to send e-mail, browse the Internet, and send instant messages. Many devices also include a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver with integrated mapping (or maps downloaded from a network). In some cases, the mobile devices support wireless standards providing local connectivity, such as Bluetooth or IEEE 802.11. These standards can enable the devices to connect to a WLAN or even communicate with other mobile devices in a peer-to-peer mode. Many mobile devices also include an integrated camera that allows a user to take pictures or record video. As technology improves, it would be useful to have applications that are better able to make use of these increased capabilities.
A system for managing images and associated geographic location data in a mobile device is disclosed (hereinafter referred to as the “image location system” or the “system”). The mobile device uses an integrated camera to generate one or more images. After generating an image, the system determines a geographic location associated with the image. The system may do so using a built-in GPS receiver or using other methods, such as triangulation based on the mobile device's proximity to one or more mobile network base stations. The system then stores the image, the associated geographic location data, and a record of the association in the mobile device's storage component. The system may also associate supplemental information, such as telephone number, category, and street address, with the image.
The system provides one or more display modes for displaying the image and the associated information. The display modes may include a list mode for displaying multiple images and portions of their associated data and a detail mode for displaying a selected image and the full set of associated data. The system may also provide a map display mode for displaying locations associated with one or more images on a map of a geographical area. The system may also provide a search function to enables a user to find images based on the geographic location or the supplemental information.
Various embodiments of the application will now be described. The following description provides specific details for a thorough understanding and an enabling description of these embodiments. One skilled in the art will understand, however, that the application may be practiced without many of these details. Additionally, some well-known structures or functions may not be shown or described in detail, so as to avoid unnecessarily obscuring the relevant description of the various embodiments. The terminology used in the description presented below is intended to be interpreted in its broadest reasonable manner, even though it is being used in conjunction with a detailed description of certain specific embodiments of the application.
The display 110 may include a liquid-crystal display (LCD), a plasma display, a vacuum fluorescent display, a light-emitting diode (LED) display, a field emission display, and/or other suitable types of display configured to present a user interface. The mobile device 100 may also include a touch sensing component 109 configured to receive input from a user. For example, the touch sensing component 109 may include a resistive, capacitive, infrared, surface acoustic wave (SAW), and/or other types of touch screen. The touch sensing component 109 may be integrated with the display 110 or may be independent from the display 110. In the illustrated embodiment, the touch sensing component 109 and the display 110 have generally similarly sized access areas. In other embodiments, the touch sensing component 109 and the display 110 may have differently sized access areas. For example, the touch sensing component 109 may have an access area that extends beyond a boundary of the display 110.
The mobile device 100 may also include a camera 108 suitable for taking pictures or recording video. The camera 108 includes an optical image sensor and a lens, and may also have a flash associated with it for taking pictures in low-light conditions. Although the camera component 108 is shown on the front face of the mobile device 100, the camera component 108 could also be located on the rear face of the device. Alternatively, the mobile device 100 might be configured with multiple cameras, such as with a first camera on the front face and a second camera on the back face.
In some configurations, the mobile device 202 also has a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver embedded in it to provide location information. In these configurations, the mobile device 202 also receives a location signal 208 from one or more GPS satellites 204. For clarity, the figure only shows one satellite. However, a GPS receiver generally requires several satellites in order to determine its location. Alternatively or additionally, the cellular transceiver 210 may, with assistance from the mobile device 202, employ known signal triangulation and/or signal delay techniques to determine a location of each wireless device.
The cellular transceiver 210 is connected to one or more networks that provide backhaul service for the wireless network. The cellular transceiver 210 is connected to the Public-Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) 212, which provides a connection between the mobile network and a remote telephone 216 on another network. When the user of the mobile device 202 makes a voice telephone call, the cellular transceiver 210 routes the call through the wireless network's voice backhaul (not shown) to the PSTN 212. The PSTN 212 then automatically connects the call to the remote telephone 216. If the remote telephone 216 is another mobile device, the call is routed through a second wireless network backhaul to another cellular transceiver.
The cellular transceiver 210 is also connected to the Internet 214, which provides a packet-based connection to remote devices 218 supporting network applications. When the user of the mobile device 202 communicates through a data connection, the cellular transceiver routes the packet data through the wireless network's data backhaul (not shown) to the Internet 214 (or another packet-based network). The Internet connects the wireless network to remote devices 218, including an e-mail server 220, a web server 222, and an instant messenger server 224. Of course, the remote devices 218 may include any application available over the Internet, such as a file transfer protocol (FTP) server or a streaming media server.
The mobile device 300 includes one or more processors 302 and memory 304 coupled to an interconnect 306. The interconnect 306 shown in
The processor(s) 302 may include central processing units (CPUs) of the mobile device 300 and, thus, control the overall operation of the mobile device 300. In certain embodiments, the processor(s) 302 accomplish this by executing software or firmware stored in memory 304. The processor(s) 302 may be, or may include, one or more programmable general-purpose or special-purpose microprocessors, digital signal processors (DSPs), programmable controllers, application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), programmable logic devices (PLDs), or the like, or a combination of such devices.
The memory 304 is or includes the main memory of the mobile device 300. The memory 304 represents any form of fixed or removable random access memory (RAM), read-only memory (ROM), flash memory, or the like, or a combination of such devices. In use, the memory 304 stores, among other things, the operating system 308 of the mobile device 300.
The mobile device 300 includes an input device 312, which enables a user to control the device. The input device 312 may include a keyboard, trackpad, touch-sensitive screen, or other standard computer input device. The mobile device 300 also includes a display device 314 suitable for displaying a user interface, such as the display 110 (
The system 500 includes processing component 502, which is configured to manage images and other information handled by the system. The processing component 502 is connected to a data storage component 504, which stores images, geographic location data, and supplemental information processed by the system. The data storage component 504 may also store configuration and settings information. The processing component 502 is connected to a camera component 506, which provides images to be managed by the system 500. The camera component 506 may be integrated with the mobile device, as shown in
The processing component 502 is also connected to an input component 514 that is configured to receive user input through an input device 312, such as a touch-sensitive screen. The processing component also connects to a display component 512, which is configured to control the screen of the mobile device as directed by the processing component 502.
The processing component 502 includes a location association component 516, which is configured to determine an association between a received image and a geographic location. During operation, the location association component 516 receives an image from the camera component 506 and geographic location data from the location component 510. The location association component 516 then stores the image, the geographic location data, and information indicating the association in the data storage component 504.
The processing component 502 also includes a supplemental information component 518, which is configured to receive and process supplemental information to be associated with an image received from the camera component 506. The supplemental information may be received from various components in the system, such as the input component 514 or the location component 510. For example, the user may use the input component 514 to provide description, telephone number, street address, or network address. The location component 510 may provide other supplemental information, such as an accuracy index indicating the estimated accuracy of the geographic location determined by the location component 510. Other supplemental information, such as the date and time associated with a received image, may be provided directly by the camera component 506.
The processing component 502 includes an association display component 520, which is configured to control the display component 512 to display stored image, geographic information data, and portions of the supplemental information. Thus, the association display component 520 may control the system 500 to display multiple images and associated data in a list mode or to display a single image and associated data in a detail mode.
The processing component 502 also includes a map display component 522, which controls the system 500 to display a mapping mode interface such as the interface shown in
The processing component also includes a connection component 524, which is configured to connect the system 500 to outside devices. For example, the connection component 524 may be configured to initiate a telephone call from the mobile device using a telephone number present in the supplemental information. The connection component 524 may also transmit an image and its associated data (e.g geographic location data) using an HTML document, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), or e-mail.
The process begins at block 602, where the system receives a new image from the camera component 506 or from another source using the network connection 508. The system then proceeds to block 604, where it stores the image. After receiving and storing a new image, processing proceeds to block 606, where the system generates new geographic location data to associate with the new image. The new geographic location data may be generated using any of the methods discussed above, such as using an integrated location component or receiving information from a user defining a location. After the geographic location data has been generated, processing proceeds to block 608, where the system stores an association between the new image and the geographic location data. After storing the location association, the system proceeds to block 610, where it associates supplemental information with the new image. The process of associating supplemental information is discussed in greater detail below with reference to
After associating supplemental information, the system proceeds to decision block 612, where it determines whether a new image is available for processing. If a new image is available for processing, processing returns to block 602, where the system processes the new image. If a new image is not available, the process ends. The decision in block 612 may be automatic or based on a user response to a query presented by the system.
The process begins at decision block 642, where the system determines whether description information has been provided. This step is used to ensure that an appropriate identifier is assigned to the image being processed by automatically assigning description information if the user does not provide it. If the system determines that description information has been provided, the system proceeds to block 644, where it receives the provided description information. If description information was not provided, the system proceeds to block 646, where it automatically generates the description information. The system may automatically determine the description by using other provided information, such as the current geographic location of the mobile device (e.g. the name of the city associated with the current geographic location) or country information stored on the mobile device. The country information may be determined, for example, based on a mobile country code stored on a Subscriber Information Module (SIM) or other memory component present in the mobile device.
After determining the description information, the system proceeds to block 648, where it receives a telephone number from the user. The system then proceeds to block 650, where it receives category information from the user. As discussed above, the categories may be chosen from a predetermined list of categories or may be configurable by the user.
After receiving category information, the system proceeds to block 652, where it receives a street address. The street address may be provided by the user or may be automatically determined based on the geographic location using mapping software or a mapping server providing Reverse Geocoding service (e.g. Google Maps service provided by Google, Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.). The system then proceeds to block 654, where it receives network location data, such as a URL. The network location may be, for example, a web page associated with a business located at the geographic location. Thus, if the image is taken at a particular restaurant, the network location could be the website of the restaurant.
The system then proceeds to block 656, where it receives audio data to associate with the image. The audio data may be received, for example, from a user speaking into the microphone of the mobile phone. After receiving audio data, the system proceeds to block 658, where it receives a user opinion rating. The user opinion rating may be provided as, for example, a star rating from one to five stars. The system then proceeds to block 660, where it determines an accuracy index to associate with the image. As noted above, the accuracy index is generally generated automatically by the location component 510 and may be determined based on the method used to determine the location. Thus, the system may provide a higher accuracy index if the location was provided by a GPS receiver than if the location was determined based on proximity to cellular network transceivers. The system may also provide a higher accuracy if the location signal received from the GPS satellites is strong and a lower accuracy if the location signal is weak.
The system then proceeds to block 662, where it indexes and stores the supplemental information. The indexing step may be used, for example, to support search functionality provided by the system. For example, the system in step 662 may generate a list of key words associated with the image and the supplemental information.
After launching in the default mode, processing proceeds to block 704, where the system waits to receive a user command. Processing then proceeds to decision block 706, where the system determines if a command has been received. If a command is not received, the system returns to block 704 to continue waiting to receive a command.
If a command was received, the system proceeds to decision block 708, where it determines if a mode change command was received. If a mode change command was received, the system proceeds to block 710, where it processes the mode change command. A mode change command may include, for example, a command directing the system to change from a list mode to a detail mode or vice versa, to change from a default mode to a detail mode or vice versa, or to change from a default mode to a list mode or vice versa. The command may also direct the system to change from the list or detail modes to the mapping mode. The executing step may include accessing the data storage component 504 to gather necessary data or using the network connection component 508 to connect to a remote database. For example, the system may use the network connection component 508 to connect to a map provider in order to change to the mapping mode.
If the received command is not a mode command, the system proceeds to decision block 712, where it determines if the received command was a search command. If the received command was a search command, the system proceeds to block 714, where it executes the search. Executing a search may include, for example, receiving input search terms or an input text string. The system may then use a stored index of terms to find images having information (e.g. geographic location data or supplemental information) matching the input search terms.
If the received command was not a search command, processing proceeds to decision block 716, where the system determines if an edit command was received. If an edit command was received, the system proceeds to block 718, where it processes any user edits. The processing in block 718 may include, for example, displaying an edit interface to enable the user to provide new values for the supplemental information. The system may also be configured to automatically provide some data in response to an edit command. For example, the system may automatically provide new geographic location data in response to a command to edit the geographic location.
If the received command was not an edit command, the system proceeds to decision block 720, where it determines if a connect command was received. If a connect command was received, the system proceeds to block 722, where it initiates an outside connection by, for example, initiating a telephone call from the mobile device or sending a selected image using an HTML document, MMS, or e-mail.
If the received command was not an connect command, the system proceeds to decision block 724, where it determines if an exit command was received. If an exit command was not received, the system returns to block 704 to wait for the next user command. If an exit command was received, the process ends. Of course, it will be appreciated that the process 700 may be modified to handle additional commands provided by the system in a similar way.
From the foregoing, it will be appreciated that specific embodiments of the application have been described herein for purposes of illustration, but that various modifications may be made without deviating from the spirit and scope of the application. Accordingly, the application is not limited except as by the appended claims.
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